The Second High Level Conference on the Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2028” opened in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on the 6th of June.
Through resolution 75/212 by the United Nations General Assembly, the Dushanbe Conference was mandated to function as a preparatory conference for a major UN water conference which will take place in New York in March 2023. The UN water conference is the first such meeting since the UN Water Conference held at Mar del Plata in Argentina in 1977. The convening of the March 2023 conference underscores the recognition of the increasing importance and urgency of water issues.
The conference will help to set the agenda until 2030 in two ways:
- proceedings will be recorded and summarised in a publication,
- a stage will be set to present a set of voluntary commitments, within a broader water action agenda.
The 2023 conference is meant to get the world back on track to scale up and replicate what works, discontinue or change what does not work, innovate what needs to be improved, and fund what needs to be funded.
These commitments are designed to deliver a roadmap for the water action decade as well as for the goals and targets within SDG 6 and the broader 2030 agenda. The intention behind the roadmap is that concrete commitments will be made through coalitions and partnerships across society.
Next year the conference will also deliver the midterm review of SDG 6. It is already evident that the world is not on track to achieve this goal and its eight different targets. The envisaged outcome of the UN 2023 water conference is a set of commitments at various levels that work together to make a change in a comprehensive approach to respond to the challenges that the world is facing in terms of water security.
A new website has been created which is dedicated to collecting the commitments and which can be accessed through a QR code. All actors are invited to consider their commitments on water and submit them such that they can be placed in the basket.